Education Ministry trains its guns on Sirasa



The Education Ministry last week denied permission to Sirasa media to cover a media conference explaining the messing up of GCE (A/L) examination results.


A private security guard told Sirasa journalists that they couldn’t be allowed in to the premises as they weren’t among those authorized to cover the briefing.


A few days earlier, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Deputy Sajith Premadasa clashed over the former accusing Sirasa of an alleged plot involving the UNP Reformists group and a NGO funded by Germany.


Media sources said that the Education Ministry had targeted Sirasa, though both print and electronic media, including all other television stations, had lashed out at Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena and disgraced Examination Chief Anura Dissanayake for the unprecedented mess up.   


The irony is that UNP leader Wickremesinghe and the Education Ministry had targeted Sirisa close on the heels of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) emphasizing the importance of the media to perform its duties without hindrance, sources said.


The refusal on the part of the Education Ministry to permit Sirasa to cover the media briefing should embarrass the Government Information Department and the Media Ministry, which issued accreditation annually, analysts said. (SF)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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